Hide-A-Book/Cash Box for Mrs. C's Husband

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 07-06-2014 01:34 PM 1359 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the craft items I make is hide-a-books. Most are simple hollowed out books intended as simple storage, presentation, or gift boxes. But, some put together with a very specific use in mind.

Mrs. C’s husband is nearing 100 years of age and is getting forgetful. To help him order things a bit she makes specific places for things to always be. Mrs. C ordered this hide-a-book tailored to be Mr. C’s personal cash box. Mr. C has had a life-long love of trains and music, so Mrs. C requested those to be the general themes in the design. The book she provided me is shown in the second image. It was not hard-covered so I put 1/8” Baltic birch panels in the front and back of the book to stiffen it.

The train inlay is made from walnut and the music inlay divider is made from ash. The train compartment accommodates US paper currency, while the music compartment is meant for coins. The recesses in the book and the inlays were scroll sawn.

The compartments are held shut with embedded magnets.

Thanks for looking in lumberjocks.

Have a great day!

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 03:10 PM

Very nice and an extremely unique solution to a problem. It is great to see someone solving practical problems and implementing them.

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 03:22 PM

Great idea.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 05:59 PM


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#4 posted 07-06-2014 11:23 PM

[email protected]!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 01:39 AM

Great idea! And a wonderful cause!
Heck, I may need to make some of these for myself…

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 07-08-2014 11:47 AM

Thanks everybody, I really appreciate it.

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